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Astroscale gears up for space junk retrieval mission

Singapore-based startup to control cleanup satellite with antenna in Yokohama

Astroscale CEO Mitsunobu Okada shows off the company's satellite antenna in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, on July 4.

TOKYO -- Singapore-based startup Astroscale has moved a big step closer to launching a high-profile mission to retrieve space debris using small satellites.

Astroscale has installed a satellite antenna in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. The antenna, which can operate satellites and receive observational data from space, was shown to media outlets on Wednesday.

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